With countries like Paraguay being certified malaria-free by WHO in 2018 for having eliminated malaria, the WHO African Region continues to carry a disproportionately high share of the global malaria burden. In 2017, the region was home to 92% of malaria cases and 93% of malaria deaths.
As the world marked World Malaria Day on 25th April 2019, for African countries like Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi, 2019 is and will always remain significant. The three countries were selected for the first malaria vaccine introduction. The key criteria for selection were well-functioning malaria and immunization programs and high malaria burden, WHO says.
The vaccine offers partial protection from the disease, with clinical trials finding that the vaccine prevented approximately four in 10 malaria cases, according to the WHO.